Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Grandville, Isidore

Working name of French engraver Jean-Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803-1847), credited as the world's first sf illustrator for Un Autre Monde ["Another World"] (graph 1844) as by Taxile Delord, which contained illustrations depicting weird alien creatures, monstrous beings and fantastic feats of interplanetary engineering. His graphic style is very much that of the early-19th-century steel engravers, but his imagination is individual.

IG was born in Nancy and illustrated editions of several famous works, including de la Fontaine's Fables (1838) and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1838), which latter contained his most enduringly infamous image, of a leather boot stamping on a crucifix. His other works of fantasy interest were Scènes de la Vie Privée et Publique des Animaux (graph 1842; trans as Public and Private Lives of Animals 1877 UK), which features some very original early images of anthropomorphosed animals, and the now rather sentimental-seeming Les Fleurs Animées ["Animated Flowers"] (graph 1847). [RT]

Jean-Ignace Isidore Gérard


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.